Focus Turns to Earnings and Yields

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Focus Turns to Earnings and Yields (And Away from Washington, For Now)
  • Weekly Market Preview:  Will Earnings Results Ease Market Anxiety?
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet:  Key Inflation and Growth Data this Week

Futures are modestly lower on a resumption of the commodity rally following an otherwise quiet weekend.

Energy prices (oil, natural gas, coal) are all rallying again (up 2% – 3%) and that’s increasing global inflation anxiety, which is weighing moderately on futures.

Global bond yields are also rising as two hawkish Bank of England members warned of a possible rate hike this year, although that is not the consensus expectation (although a rate hike from the BOE in early 2022 is looking more likely).

Today is Columbus Day and the U.S. bond markets are closed and there are no economic reports today, although there is one Fed speaker: Evans (6:00 p.m. ET).  So, commodity prices are Treasury yields should drive trading today.  The more they rise, the stronger the headwind on stocks will become.